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    Cliflyri

    No one else has this same issue?  How are you guys programming and saving programs for each season?

    Having multiple zones per start time seems contrary to the way we design irrigation systems - we really need multiple start times per zone! 

    Anyone agree?

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    Dave

    I'm curious what you mean by multiple start times per zone. Do you intend to start and stop watering of a single zone multiple times in a single program?

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    Cliflyri

    Yes, exactly!! Please!

    The prior irrigation controllers I have owned have all allowed this.  This allows for much better organization of the programs.

    Each zone has it's own watering requirements.  For example, our garden zone gets watered 4 times daily in the summer.  I would wish to be able to have a single program for the garden zone, with 4 start times each day.

    Our shrub zone gets watered twice daily in summer.

    Our cactus zone only gets watered every other or third day.....etc....

    The way the rainmachine is set up it requires far too many programs in order to accomplish this, and organization is very difficult esp for seasonal changes.

    I think it would be beneficial even if we could not have multiple zones in a program, it would be preferable to have 1 zone per program with multiple start times (instead or only 1 start time with multiple zones).  That is how irrigation plans are laid out, by the watering requirements of each zone - many of which require more than 1 watering per day.

    Please consider adding this feature, it is really important to organizing zones and making seasonal changes.  It would allow 1 program for each zone for each season with much better organization.

    Thank you for your consideration!

    Chris

     

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    Dave

    I'm just another user, so my 2 cents probably isn't worth 2 cents. But, I think the vast majority of users have zero intention to irrigate in that manner because I bet the controller is used for grass yards with a few bushes by the vast majority of users. Those users simply want to water every zone for some amount of time and that's it. I think another issue is really terminology. Don't think of the "programs" as all encompassing schedules for zones. A program is really just a single watering session. That session will include all the zones you want to water at that time and how long each zone should water at that time. For your garden zone for instance, you want 4 sessions so you need 4 programs.

     

    I haven't tried this, but one possible configuration option would be to use the cycles and soak function. If your watering needs can work with just putting x minutes between waterings you could create a Garden program with say 4 cycles starting at 7am with a 180 minutes of soak/delay between cycles. That might get you a single program that waters that zone 4 times a day with 3 hours in between. Not quite as flexible as setting specific start times for each cycle, but it might work for you.

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    Cliflyri

    With a 12 zone controller - think about it.  12 zones, multiple times per day per zone, 4 seasons - it gets to be a mess!

    Every other irrigation controller I've owned has supported multiple start times per program, I just don't understand why this one doesn't (and was quite surprised after I purchased it).

    Your idea of trying to use the cycle and soak function is an interesting one, thank you for that input.  The only issue I see is I'm not sure the rainmachine will go onto the next program if it's in between a cycle/soak so it may hold up all the other programs (for the entire day possibly). 

    Thanks for the input.

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    BB

    I would have to agree with Cliflyri.   I would like a program that runs 12 zones once 1 hour before sunrise and once 1 hour after sunset on my allowed watering days.  

    Of course, I can copy the first program using the app, but when I need to make an adjustment to one of the zones, I must replicate that same adjustment to keep the second program in sync.    That's not a big deal with 2 programs, but it can be tedious if you have a more complicated set up like Cliflyri.

    I have tried using the cycles and soak option, but the soak time is limited to 300 minutes.  Even if this was not a limitation, this still would not allow a schedule based on both sunrise and sunset at the same time.  Not to mention if it impacts other program runs during the soak time.

    Allowing multiple start times would be the easiest way to accomplish the above set up and prevent maintaining duplicate programs.

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